The majority of the Irish fighter’s earnings got here from the $150 million sale of his majority stake in whiskey model Proper No. Twelve.
“This yr, McGregor lands the successful punch, having leveraged his unmatched reputation in blended martial arts to construct a profitable hustle exterior UFC’s Octagon,” Forbes wrote.
“Adding in his endorsements, McGregor made $158 million exterior of his combating profession over the past 12 months, turning into solely the third athlete, after Roger Federer and Tiger Woods, to earn greater than $70 million off the sector in a single yr whereas nonetheless actively competing.”
Football stars Lionel Messi ($130M) and Cristiano Ronaldo ($120M) got here in second and third respectively and NFL quarterback Dak Prescott ($107.5M) got here in fourth. Only 5 different athletes — Federer, Floyd Mayweather, Neymar, Manny Pacquiao and Woods — had beforehand earned greater than $100 million in a yr.
LeBron James got here in fifth as the best incomes NBA participant in 2021 on $96.5 million, with the 36-year-old lately turning into an investor within the Fenway Sports Group, which owns Premier League membership Liverpool and MLB’s Boston Red Sox.
Brazilian footballer Neymar was sixth after incomes $95 million and Roger Federer, regardless of being sidelined for a lot of the yr via damage, was seventh after incomes $90 million via endorsements.
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton ($82M), NFL quarterback Tom Brady ($76M) and NBA star Kevin Durant ($75M) accomplished the highest 10, which collectively earned 28% greater than final yr’s prime 10, regardless of the sporting calendar being impacted by the pandemic.